By Ronald Mpaso:
Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) President, Oscar Kanjala, has been appointed to the Coordination Committee of the 12th African Games scheduled for August this year in Morocco.
Kanjala, who is also Council of Southern African National Olympic Committees Vice President, will be working with the Local Organizing Committee in the smooth running of the continental showpiece.
Among other assignments, the MOC will be responsible for accreditation and visas, international transportation, sports entries, head of mission meetings, results management and the competition's appeals committee.
Kanjala said he was humbled with the appointment and promised to represent the country in the committee.
"The appointment is not just about Kanjala. It is about Malawi and I will work hard for the sake of my country. It is a great honor and privilege to be part of this initiative which will develop a spirit of respect and Olympism among young athletes of the region, " he said.
Kanjala said the Games encourages young people to develop their courses where they can, in future, represent their nations and the whole region.
Meanwhile, Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa has taken over organization of the Games from the African Union effective this year.
Kanjala said the development has changed its name from Africa Games to African Games.
He said the Games will be used as a qualifying tournament for Olympics for the most sports disciplines.
"Under the new setup, African athletes will be qualifying for the Olympic Games without having to travel long distances outside the continent. They will be qualifying for the Olympics within their own continent, " Kanjala said.
He said the new arrangement will make qualifying cheaper for athletes on the continent as they will be cut down for the Olympics.